Why are we so busy? Sometimes I wonder if life is really just about waking up, doing a bunch of stuff, going to sleep, only to wake up and do it all over again (with maybe some slight variation)? When does it get exciting? When is that big event going to come and wow us and make us realize that there is some purpose to all this? Have you ever thought that? Have you ever had time to just sit and think?
If you’re like me, you are busy with life! Busy running here and there, busy with work, busy with kids, busy with your spouse, busy with church, busy with life! Busy. Busy for what? Is what we’re doing even necessary? Does what we do even matter in the grand scheme of things? Of course, we’d like to think so. All of these things have to get done, right?
Or do they?
Before you throw in the towel and sit around eating bonbons all day, let me explain. Yes, there are things that we have to do to keep our lives running smoothly. Things like taking care of our families, getting our jobs done with excellence, yada, yada, yada. However, I think we can easily get off balance when we don’t do them for the right reasons.
We put a lot of false expectations and burdensome responsibilities on ourselves. Could it be because we are just trying to keep up with social norms? Or because we want to make sure we don’t let other people down? We don’t want to be viewed as a bad husband/wife/mother/father/son/daughter/friend/employee, you fill in the blanks—if we aren’t everything to everyone. This kind of thinking, this kind of cycle can leave you ragged and worn completely out.
One secret I have found that has really helped me is making a concerted effort to do everything as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23-24) “Lord, whatever I do, I am going to do it for Your Glory.” I think a key element in that is remembering that only what we do for Christ lasts. So, it is time to slow down, way down. I think the pandemic of 2020 helped us with that but now things are speeding back up.
Holy Spirit told me a couple of weeks ago, “in the stillness is the wellness.” Isn’t that deep? When we are still, we are well. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) God is always pressing on my heart to be still. Be still. Be still. I’m like yes, I got that Lord, now what do you want me to do? Lol! I want to do something so that I don’t just sit there feeling like I’m being unproductive (especially with the scroll unfolding in my mind of all the things that I think I have to do). However in the sweet space of stillness, I find that everything is well. The Lord rearranges my priority list and of course, in seeking Him first, I find that the unnecessary obligations just melt away. He gives me strategies to tackle things that are not meant to be burdensome or stressful. He helps me see and understand what really needs to be done and what can wait.
It seems so counterintuitive—be still so you can get things done? Be still so that it will be well with you? In that stillness, you are tapping into the well of wisdom that is available to you because of Jesus. The stillness produces the wellness that is essential to Spirit led Christian living. When you still yourself, you become more aware of what needs to be adjusted, what needs to be surrendered. You become aware that it is not about the list but giving Him your best.~mnm